Welcome to Psychoville...
Update - 9 February 2009: this press release has been updated to include additional casting.
After creating the kind of northern town nightmares are made of, The League Of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are looking for a new place to settle down... welcome to Psychoville.
Written by the Leagsters for BBC Two, Psychoville is a dark character comedy mystery featuring characters from all over the UK, who each receive a mysterious letter.
They include a blind man with a curious collection, a midwife with a very odd child, a dwarf who's in love with his panto Snow White and a one-handed clown and children's entertainer with a hook.
Yet despite having different backgrounds, different interests, and coming from different parts of the country, every one has been sent an anonymous, black-edged card which reads: "I know what you did."
Starring alongside Pemberton and Shearsmith, the cast includes Dawn French, Dame Eileen Atkins, Nicholas Le Prevost, Janet McTeer, David Bamber, Christopher Biggins,
Daisy Haggard, Debbie Chazen and Adrian Scarborough.
It is directed by Matt Lipsey, designed by Brian Sykes, produced by Justin Davies and executive produced by Jon Plowman.
Psychoville was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Roly Keating and Comedy Commissioner Lucy Lumsden.
Roly Keating says: "BBC Two's The League Of Gentlemen became one of the channel's most talked about and idiosyncratic television comedies of recent years so we're very happy indeed to welcome back Reece and Steve with their latest creation."
Lucy Lumsden says: "With its sheer invention and wealth of original comic characters, Psychoville will be a very exciting addition to the line-up of new comedies on BBC Two in 2009."
Psychoville starts filming in mid-October 2008 on location in North London for transmission next year.